Medical Construction & Design

JAN-FEB 2015

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Photos: Timothy Hursley Spotlight furniture & casework Staf work environments Implementation of health informa- tion technolog y has changed work environment areas to support new caregiver models and processes. New furniture systems enhance staf ability to access vital health information, improve communica- tions and overall ef ciency of patient care. Clinical spaces with more collaborative furniture settings encourage information sharing with team members in an open-area environment. For both inpatient and ambulatory settings, optimizing the caregiver work environment pro- vides return on investment by saving time and relieving stress. Furniture and casework solutions required to support mobile healthcare provider technolog y in the patient room require fl exibility and mobility to ac- commodate dif erent caregivers and types of devices. Furniture and casework that provide fl exible solutions to enhance communications and facilitate work in the unit, allow caregivers more time with the patient. Systems furniture clusters are easily recon- fi gurable to adjust to changes in the team's workfl ow with minimal transition time from space to space or task to task. Adjustable-height surfaces at each station allow for in- dividuals on dif erent shifts to make the workspace fi t their personal comfort needs. Task chairs or stools are available for those working at one location for longer time periods. Standing-height touchdown surfaces work well for fast-paced clinical spaces where staf must quickly access information, meet regarding a patient, document vital statistics and then move on to the next task. Larger wall-mounted monitors in an open clinical en- vironment allow frequent oppor- tunities for teaching, telehealth, diagnosis discussion and promote staf collaboration. Sustainability has greatly infl u- enced selection of fi nish materials for furniture and casework to elimi- nate any toxic materials, phthalates and of -gassing during production. Manufacturing is being modifi ed to remove chemically harmful materials, fabrics are adding protective coatings and casework laminates and MDF are being made without toxic chemi- cals. The furniture industry has also adapted LEED for Healthcare-MR5. When providing for patients' physi- cal and emotional comfort, hospitals can ease heightened emotions and make healthcare a less stressful event. By integrating furniture and casework solutions to better support patients, their families and caregivers, hospitals can provide better experiences and enhance a reputation for delivering quality care. Research shows staf satisfaction af ects patient satisfaction. When staf collaborate more successfully with less stress, patient outcomes are likely to improve. The appropriate selection of furniture and casework plays a crucial role in the healing process of individu- als, as well as the comfort of families and caregivers, providing successful interconnected healthcare in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Patrick Schultz, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP, is vice president and healthcare practice leader for HKS' Mid-Atlantic region and an MCD board member. He can be reached at pschultz@hksinc.com. Ana Pinto-Alexander, RID, IIDA, EDAC, is principal and global director of healthcare interiors for HKS. She can be reached at apinto-alexander@hksinc. com. Debra Klimenko is an interior designer and specialist in healthcare furniture. She can be reached at dklimenko@hksinc.com. IN THE WORK ZONE This staff work area at Eskenazi Hospital provides different types of work areas supporting technology, including standing- height touchdown work surfaces in corridors, private, seated stations and collaborative workstations. light Spotlight or modest and compact. Attessa modular components are built to serve high-traffi c, public areas. The modules are constructed of engineered plywood and reinforced with 14-gauge steel bracketing for enhanced structural integrity. Each module has a weight- rating of 850 pounds. The heavy-duty ganging system is intuitive and easy to install. Options available include contrasting fabrics, ta- pered wood or metal legs in standard fi nishes, and a choice of laminate or solid-surface table tops. ID#102 Versatile New Modular Series Brings Design Opportunities to Every Site Challenge Maglin's LEXICON bench series, a collection of modular multi- functional components, delivers a new personalized approach to site furnishing. Designer Clayton Mousley, recognizing fl exibility as an important tool for inspiring creativity and solving site chal- lenges, developed LEXICON to be confi gurable and allow for multiple design and layout options. The collection adapts to enhance any environment. Components can form an array of geometric shapes, creating long, smooth curves and bold angles with optional arms and backrests. Triangular and square modules function as either side tables or stools, and can be turned into planters. Durable surface materials include warm ipe wood and wood alternatives, high-quality plastics and sleek metal. ID#103 MCDM AG.COM | JA N UA RY/ F EBRUA RY 2015 | Medical Construction & Design 23

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